- Posted June 25, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Will Class Warfare Backfire Politically on Rich Democrats?
Hillary Clinton has recently hit the road to promote her book. During these promotional interviews, Hillary has attempted to paint herself as one of the poor. She stated that she was dead broke and in debt when she and Bill left the White House. In another interview she said: “They don’t see me as part of the problem because we pay ordinary income tax, unlike a lot of people who are truly well off, not to name names...Isn’t Chelsea (Hillary’s daughter) married to a hedge fund manager? Bill Clinton, trying to clarify his wife’s statements made this comment: “We go to our local grocery store on the weekend, we talk to people in our town- we know what is going on”
I suppose in an effort to “out poor” Hillary, Joe Biden said while speaking at a White House Summit on Working Families "Don't hold it against me that I don't own a single stock or bond," Biden said. "I have no savings account but I got a great pension and I got a good salary. For real." Why he said this is unclear because the financial report that he disclosed earlier this year showed that he and his wife do have both a savings account and are invested in stock.
I think having a president who could relate to the people would be good. I don’t think either of these career politicians could possibly understand what it is like to live a normal life. I don’t think most of the people that have been in Washington more than one term can relate to average Americans…so why do they pretend that they can relate?
Jon Stewart of the Daily Show hosted the poor off between Hillary and Biden; here is how he summed it up: “What’s with the Poverty Tourette’s? Why do these two seem to think we need a hobo for a President? Own what you have, it’s fine! And more important, why do you think we’ll believe them? I mean, both of you guys have your faces on book covers – books written by them, about them. That usually means you’re doing pretty good.”
I do wonder why Hillary attempted to paint herself as poor; did she think it would help her politically or is she just that out of touch with people who experience real poverty. I don’t really think anyone had actually thought about it before she brought it up.
I imagine when she left the White House there were some financial stresses, but no matter how bad they seemed to her, they are not the stresses that someone who needs 7-8 years to earn what she earns in one speaking engagement experiences. This statement was kind of like Gwyneth Paltrow going on about how hard she has it compared to “regular” working women.
So, where do the democrats go, now that they have vilified even themselves? Now that they are being seen as the 1 percenters that they are?